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Saturday, September 19, 2009

DPS has a Major Image Problem

It is clear that Detroit Public Schools has a major image problem. Now in no way am I saying that DPS doesn’t have problems because they do but there is a huge difference between perception and reality. The reality is that DPS does have a long list of problems but the perception is that many of DPS’s problems are worst than national standards or other cities across the nation yet alone Michigan when that is not the truth. DPS problems seem to be escalated by the national media who only cover half the story or threw data out there that is inaccurate and not based on solid factual data that takes into account all the factors necessary to access graduation and dropout rates of a school.

Nonetheless, I am thankful that Bill Cosby is here doing public service announcements for DPS and he is telling Detroiters to fix the ills but with all due respect to my frat brother, the ills in DPS are not more so the people of Detroit’s problem to fix but it is more so the central staff of DPS to fix and the state of Michigan who created much of the problems that exist in DPS. Prior to DPS getting taken over by the State of Michigan, both students and parents were active and even after the initial takeover by the state, students and parents stayed active. However since that time, many parents, teachers, administrators, students and community stakeholders stayed active but so many stopped because our progress and ideas to change the system to make it better went on death ears.

So while Dr. Cosby wants Detroiters to take responsibility for improving our city, the real question is will our ideas and solutions be taken seriously when we as a people have seen that many of the suggestions we make go on death ear. That is why at this point in time, Detroiters are tired of the pep talks and the broken promises of change that will involve us the people but never actually involves us. Detroiters want to improve DPS but at the same time, we want the good about Detroit reported just as much as the bad but most of all we want the correct information reported as it relates to the bad dealing with DPS and not inaccurate information.

DPS’s image problem is causing it more grief than the actual problems plaguing the district itself. Take for insistence, Gregory Kane, a Baltimore journalist, wrote that “Money won’t fix what’s broken in Detroit schools” and I strongly agree with that. In fact even Free Press Editorial and Opinion Editor Stephen Henderson reported on the article and to a degree agreed with the comments within it. Still what neither one of these articles mention is that fact that what inspired the article by Mr. Kane is a piece he saw on BET that was accurate in its content and data. For instance, I went to the BET website to see where exactly they came with their data and the first thing I read quickly explains even when BET tries to cover impactful and educational issues, it distorts the truth. Read the following sentence and tell me what you think:
“In Detroit, more than 6 million American students drop out of high school, most of them Black and Latino. BET News will travel to the predominantly Black city of Detroit, where the high school dropout statistics are even more shocking: two out of every three teens drop out.”

Yes if you are reading this sentence correctly it makes it seem as if Detroit has 6 million American students drop of high school but that is impossible because Detroit doesn’t even have a population of 1 million people which is the highest population Detroit has ever had. But this is the opening sentence on the BET website in regards to the coverage they did on Detroit in its documentary called "Heart of the City: Detroit's Drop Out Factories." Then the next inaccurate data on the website is the it state the Class of 2008 for Detroit Public Schools is 58.2%, however they don’t state where they got this data from and according to the State of Michigan, DPS’s graduation rate is little bit below 70% which is not saying Detroit is great when for the State of Michigan the graduation rate is 85% or higher. Still nearly a 10% difference between what BET reports and what the State of Michigan Department of Education is a drastic difference and in today’s time, DPS deserves its fair share of all the positive data it can get regardless of how low it is compared to the state and national standards.

I’m in no way saying that DPS doesn’t have a problem when it comes to its graduation rate or drop out but to label Detroit as a Dropout Factory is insulting to the city of Detroit and the youth who graduate from DPS every year. I admit that many students who start in DPS don’t graduate from DPS yet alone graduate period. But that is in no way means DPS is a dropout factory for those who don’t graduate. What the BET documentary doesn’t expose is that fact that DPS has been taken over by the state twice with the latest being Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb and it doesn’t take into account how the graduation and dropout was before the first takeover which was much better than it is now. Secondly BET and other national media sources don’t take into account the fact that nearly 70 plus schools have been closed in DPS this decade and the impact on how many students got to school after the closures has drastically impacted graduation and dropout rates when many students feared going to certain parts of time where their new school was located because of the violence and gang rivalries in certain areas.

Now I am not saying that these problems don’t exist in other urban areas but the truth of the matter is that, there have been many factors that contributed to DPS dropout rate being above 10% but in no one has DPS dropout rate near 50% or greater as so many national news outlets and other sources try to portray to the people. Therefore DPS has a major image problem that no celebrity can fix but we the people of Detroit along with DPS must fix. The struggles of DPS are not new to us who fought for “Keep the Vote, No Takeover” and to those of us who fought to get us an elected school board. The struggles of DPS are not new to those of us who fought against corruption in DPS for years while at the same fighting against those who kept us the people out of backroom doors deals and the sort.

Therefore if DPS image problem is to be fixed, it starts with Robert Bobb and the State of Michigan listening to us the people grips and pains as it relates to the educational process of our students. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the problems of DPS that exist outside of finances and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that even if DPS budget is fixed, there are clear signs that the district will not improve academically without the input of us the people. We the people of Detroit just want a sit at the table to express our views and beliefs as to want needs to happen to improve the overall image of DPS.

Nonetheless, until that happens Detroit Public Schools has to fix its image problem to get the correct information out there to the public. DPS’s public spokesman should have wrote a letter to BET expressing that much of their data was inaccurate and in the process an opinion piece should have been written by Robert Bobb or the district’s academic superintendent expressing displeasure in the inaccuracies of BET’s documentary. The students of DPS deserve the truth to be put out there so that they can have pride about their district as well as individual schools. Also we the citizens of Detroit as well as DPS alumni deserve the truth to be put out there about district which is why when national media outlets or other national media report on DPS in a bias way that distorts the truth, we need to have quick responses to stand up for Detroit and our school system. We can’t allow people to continue to pick on Detroit and to do it in a way that exaggerates the truth in order to make it seem as if DPS is the worst educational system in America. This is just not the case and the truth shows it. Detroit has it woes and so does our school system but we as a community cannot and should not stand for people to tell accurate information or to put inaccurate data out there that is just not the truth.

DPS has to and must protect its image by all means and that starts today by making sure it deals with its image problem head on by fighting back against the lies and the distortions that exist not just nationally but locally in regards to Detroit Public Schools.

References
Information directly from BET website:

Class of '08
The high school dropout rate across the country is alarming. The numbers of Blacks outpace that of their White counterparts. In Detroit, the numbers are even more stark. This year, only 58.2% of Detroit's class of 2008 graduated.

Poverty
In 2007, Detroit had the highest poverty rate among large cities (places with a population of 250,000 or more people), 33.8 percent. (US Census Bureau 7/23/09)

Deficit
The Detroit Public School budget deficit is at $285 million. (The Detroit News 6/26/09)

Closures and Cuts
This year alone, DPS closed 29 schools and cut about 2,451 employees. (The Detroit News 6/30/09)

Nationwide Stats
More than 6 million American students drop out of high school, most of them Black and Latino.

No H.S. Dimploma
Almost half of all African American youth never finish high school.

Double the Rate
The number of Black kids that never finish high school is more than double the rate of Whites per capita.


Baltimore columnist: Money won't fix what's broken in Detroit schools
By STEPHEN HENDERSON
FREE PRESS EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITOR

Detroit is attracting a lot of national interest these days. This morning, I see that interest is transcontinental in at least one way: a Baltimore columnist writing in a San Francisco newspaper about Detroit schools.

I worked with the columnist, Gregory Kane, when I was deputy editorial page editor for the Baltimore Sun.

Greg has a sharp tongue and a very pointed sensibility, one I often find myself in disagreement with.

But he's always provocative.

In this piece, he takes on Detroit's ailing schools, riffing off a BET documentary called "Heart of the City: Detroit's Drop Out Factories." See it
http://www.bet.com/OnTV/BETShows/HOC_HeartoftheCity_Detroit_Main.htm">here.

Kane says: "Narrated by former University of Michigan and National Basketball Association star Chris Webber — who’s a native of Detroit — the documentary asked all the right questions but one: With the millions of federal tax dollars that must have been poured in to Detroit public schools, why do teachers have to buy supplies and why do students have to share textbooks? What has been done with all that federal money? (Michigan residents also must also be wondering what happened to the state tax money that went to the school system.)"

He says the mismanagement occurred "on the watch of Democratic elected officials who’ve been running Detroit into the ground for decades."

It's an interesting read, and can be found
http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/columns/gregory_kane/59193827.html">here


More money will not fix Detroit’s failing schools
September 14, 2009
By Gregory Kane
Baltimore Sun Times


For a brief second, I thought I’d been teleported into an alternate universe.

The guide on my DirecTV system showed I was tuned to the Black Entertainment Television network Saturday night, but clearly there was some mistake. Could this have been a serious, probing, intelligently made documentary about public education in Detroit I was watching?

Indeed it was. Entitled “Heart of the City: Dropped Out in Detroit,” the hourlong documentary painted a sobering picture of Detroit schools. It was quite a departure for a network with a reputation for showing a plethora of music videos with a bevy of scandalous, nearly butt-naked hoochies shaking their rumps.

That reputation was well-deserved. A while back, BET was one of the few, if not the only, cable/satellite networks to show the infamous “Tip Drill” video on a regular basis. True, it was on a notorious show called “Uncut” that aired from 3 to 4 a.m. But that didn’t mean boys barely into their teens didn’t watch it. I remember my experience at a Baltimore middle school when nearly every boy in an eighth-grade class, beaming with delight, described seeing “Tip Drill” on “Uncut.”

BET gave the ax to “Uncut” a while back, perhaps in no small measure as a reaction to protests coeds at Spellman College made against hip-hop artist Nelly, who made the song and video “Tip Drill.” Could execs at BET be turning over a new leaf by airing documentaries like “Heart of the City”?

Let’s all hope so. Instead of the dumbed-down fare most networks offer, “Heart of the City” asked serious questions about the Detroit public school system, where fewer than 30 percent of high school students graduate on time; where the graduation rate for black males is less than 20 percent; where test scores are among the lowest in the country; where teachers have to buy supplies from Office Depot; where students have to share textbooks; and where the system was so mismanaged that it’s $300 million in debt.

Narrated by former University of Michigan and National Basketball Association star Chris Webber — who’s a native of Detroit — the documentary asked all the right questions but one: With the millions of federal tax dollars that must have been poured in to Detroit public schools, why do teachers have to buy supplies and why do students have to share textbooks? What has been done with all that federal money? (Michigan residents also must also be wondering what happened to the state tax money that went to the school system.)

The documentary provided part of the answer, referring to “years of financial mismanagement and corruption” that plagued the Detroit public school system. It takes quite a bit of mismanagement to run up $300 million of debt, and I’m sure many have taken note that the mismanagement occurred on the watch of Democratic elected officials who’ve been running Detroit into the ground for decades.

One of them, Rep. John Conyers, has on several occasions hinted that President George W. Bush is a racist. Another, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick — who was convicted on a perjury charge — got nailed when he lied about having an affair with one of his staff members. Both denied having the affair under oath and got busted when steamy text messages between them came to light. How did Kilpatrick react? By blaming whitey and claiming the racists were out to get him. He even compared himself to Dr. Ossian Sweet, the courageous black Detroit doctor who defended himself and his home against a rampaging white mob that was rioting in 1925.

Guys like Conyers and Kilpatrick race-baited and race-hustled while Detroit’s public schools, figuratively, burned.

No amount of money can help schools when demagogues lead a city. Money can’t change mind-sets or attitudes. Money can’t help students who buy into the message of some rap songs, as Douglas Brooks, the valedictorian at Detroit’s Henry Ford High School this year and a freshman at Howard University, said in the documentary.

“The rap song, it’s telling you to sell the drugs,” Brooks said. “It’s telling you to look cool. It [selling drugs] makes you popular.”

One of the things viewers learn from “Heart of the City” is that Henry Ford High School had 300 gang members at one time. No student can learn in such an environment.

And no amount of tax money will change it, either.

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Jay-Z - History



(Jay-Z - History)Jay-Z - History with Lyrics

LYRICS : [Chorus: Cee-lo]
Now that all the smoke is gone
(Lighter)
And the battle's finally won
(Gimme a lighter)
Victory (Lighters up) is finally ours
(Lighters up)
History, so long, so long
So long, so long

[Verse 1: Jay-Z]
In search of victory, she keeps eluding me
If only we could be together momentarily
We can make love and make history
Why won't you visit me? until she visit me
I'll be stuck with her sister, her name is defeat
She gives me agony, so much agony
She brings me so much pain, so much misery
Like missing your last shot and falling to your knees
As the crowd screams for the other team
I practice so hard for this moment, victory don't leave
I know what this means, I'm stuck in this routine
Whole new different day, same old thing
All I got is dreams, nobody else can see
Nobody else believes, nobody else but me
Where are you victory? I need you desperately
Not just for the moment, to make history

[Chorus: Cee-lo]
Now that all the smoke is gone
(Lighters)
And the battle's finally won
(Lighters)
Victory is finally ours
(Yeah)
History (yeah), so long, so long
So long, so long

[Verse 2: Jay-Z]
So now I'm flirting with death, hustling like a G
While victory wasn't watching took chances repeatedly
As a teenage boy before acne, before I got proactiv I couldn't face she
I just threw on my hoodie and headed to the street
That's where I met success, we'd live together shortly
Now success is like lust, she's good to the touch
She's good for the moment but she's never enough
Everybody's had her, she's nothing like V
But success is all I got unfortunately
But I'm burning down the block hoppin' in and out of V
But something tells me that there's much more to see
Before I get killed because I can't get robbed
So before me success and death ménage
I gotta get lost, I gotta find V
We gotta be together to make history

[Chorus: Cee-lo]
Now that all the smoke is gone
(Lighters. Up.)
And the battle's finally won
(Lighter. Up.)
Victory is finally ours
(Lighters. Up.)
History, so long, so long
So long, so long

[Verse 3: Jay-Z]
Now victory is mine, it tastes so sweet
She's my trophy wife, you're coming with me
We'll have a baby who stutters repeatedly
We'll name him history, he'll repeat after me
He's my legacy, son of my hard work
Future of my past, he'll explain who I be
Rank me amongst the greats, either 1, 2, or 3
If I ain't number one then I failed you victory
Ain't in it for the fame that dies within weeks
Ain't in it for the money, can't take it when you leave
I wanna be remembered long after you grieve
Long after I'm gone, long after I breathe
I leave all I am in the hands of history
That's my last will and testimony
This is much more than a song, it's a baby shower
I've been waiting for this hour, history you ours


[Chorus: Cee-lo (2x)]
Now that all the smoke is gone
And the battle's finally won
Victory is finally ours
History, so long, so long
So long, so long



Man in the Mirror--By Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson - Man in the mirror

I'm gonna make a change,
for once im my life
It's gonna feel real good,
gonna make a diference
Gonna make it right...

As I, turn up the collar on
my favorite winter coat
This wind is blowing my mind
I see the kids in the streets,
with not enought to eat
Who am I to be blind?
Pretending not to see their needs

A summer disregard,a broken bottle top
And a one man soul
They follow each other on the wind ya' know
'Cause they got nowhere to go
That's why I want you to know

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
(If you wanna make the world a better place)
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change
(Take a look at yourself, and then make a change)
(Na na na, na na na, na na, na nah)

I've been a victim of a selfish kind of love
It's time that I realize
That there are some with no home, not a nickel to loan
Could it be really me, pretending that they're not alone?

A willow deeply scarred, somebody's broken heart
And a washed-out dream
(Washed-out dream)
They follow the pattern of the wind ya' see
'Cause they got no place to be
That's why I'm starting with me
(Starting with me!)

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
(Ooh!)
I'm asking him to change his ways
(Ooh!)
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
(If you wanna make the world a better place)
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change
(Take a look at yourself, and then make a change)

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
(Ooh!)
I'm asking him to change his ways
(Change his ways - ooh!)
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make that..
(Take a look at yourself and then make that..)
CHANGE!

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
(Man in the mirror - Oh yeah!)
I'm asking him to change his ways
(Better change!)
No message could have been any clearer
(If you wanna make the world a better place)


Michael Jackson - Man in the mirror

A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cook






It's been a long time coming but a change is surely going to come in America and the World! I am the Future of America and the World and that is the message that each of us must carry with us each and every day that we wake up on Earth! I am the Future! You are the Future! We are the Future of America and the World! That is way every election is important--primaries, special elections and general! So vote every year and hold our politicians accountable. Hold our political officials accountable by writing them, calling them and making sure they attend meetings that we the people have. "The Time for Change is not Now but Right Now!"

"EmPOWERment By Any Means Necessary" should be our anthem and should be our creed as we make the positive differences in America and the world that so many people beg for and hungry for year after year! A Change is Gonna Come, A Change is Gonna Come, that's what we must say as we say "God grants us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, Courge to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference" each morning before we go about the task of making a positive change in America and the world a reality.



Born In The U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen


“When will people realize that we are Americans first and foremost, not Democrats or Liberals, not Republicans or Conservatives, not Independents or moderates. We are Americans. Stop putting a political party above America and stop putting any politican above America. America succeeds because of us the people holding our government responsible no matter the political party because the main two political parties are to blame for the condition America is in."—Hodari P.T. Brown

America with its flaws and all is a country I am proud to have been born in. America is not perfect but my love for it is perfect. That’s why all Americans must realize that we are all Americans. In fact we are Americans first and foremost. We are not Democrats or Republicans. We are Americans.

We are not Muslims, Christians or Jews. We are Americans. Too many times we recognize our differences with others rather than appreciating our similarities which are, we are Americans. We are Americans first and foremost, no matter if we were born here or moved here legally. We are all Americans, here in this country to make not only our lives better but the lives of other Americans better so future Americans can enjoy the rights and freedoms that make us all Americans.

We are all Americans. We are one party united under God. We are Americans and this is the only political party that matters. We are Americans and this is our country so let’s make sure that we make America better than how we found it so future Americans can live prosperous and joyous lives. We are Americans and must not ever forget that.

America will prosper as long we make sure we are doing our part to make it prosper and that means we can’t put any political party or politician above America. Long live America forever and long live America’s service to the world. Together, America and the world will prosper for future generations to enjoy America and the world we live in.


Lift Every Voice and Sing


This video of the ' Negro National Anthem' was originally screened at the historic African-American Church Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC on January 18th, 2009. Many of the esteemed individuals featured in this video in attendance and we presented with the ' Keepers of the Flame' award for the monumental contributions to social justice.

This version of the song was performed by the Grace Baptist Church Cathedral Choir, conducted by Derrick James. The video was produced and donated by Ascender Communications, LLC (www.ascender-c.com) at the request of The Balm In Gilead, Inc.

If I Was President--Wyclef Jean




If I was President that is the people's anthem. We all have ideas of what we can do as President and through this website, we will fulfill our deam as a people!

Somethings Gotta Give--Big Boi ft Mary J Blige



Somethings Gotta Give people and it begins today for all us to make sure that something is us. We the people are sick and tired of suffering. Where is our piece of the Dream that so many people dead for so that we all could see today. This is our time people to change America and the world so that the Next Generation has a better future than the past we inherited.

This is our call to service. This isn't about one political candidate or one political figure. This is about us as people coming together to finally leave up to our potential and achieving the great feats that those before us have achieved. This is our moment to lead our nation and our world to greater heights.

Somethings gotta give people and it starts with us the people making it happen. We have to improve our education system in America. We have to rid the world of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We have to go to the streets and lift a hand to another in order to decrease poverty in this world. We have to take a stand today and make sure that the future of America and the world is brighter than it has ever been.

Somethings Gotta Give and that is why we must "Remember Each One, Reach One and Teach One so America's future and the World's future continues to prosper."

John Legend - "If You're Out There"


If you're out there than you need to get started in helping to change America and the world. The world and America won't change until you get involved in making the changes you want to see in this world. If you're out there, than you must know that tomorrow started now and today started yesterday so you are behind in helping to the change. If you are tired of hatred, racism, poverty, war, and violence than the time to change it is now. If you want universal health care, world peace, democracy for every nation, equal rights, and happiness for all than you must get involved now to help the save world.

You must believe in the change that you want to see and you must act on making that change a reality. If you're out there than say it aloud and show the rest of America and the world that you're out here to make a real positive change in the communities we stay in. If you're out there than get involved now. I'm calling every women and men to join me as we take back our country right here, right now. If you're out there than the future started yersterday and we are already late so we have lots of work to do but I know we can do it together as one.

YES WE CAN



Yes We Can accomplish anything that we set out to do! We don't need charismatic or inspirational leaders to believe in ourselves and to take responsiblity for our own faith, we just need each other. Yes We Can build a new America and a new world if each of us would take action now to make the changes that we want to see in the world. Yes We Can control government by holding our political officials accountable for their actions by calling them out when they don't pass legislation that supports the common good of all man and by voting in every election to ensure that we have people representing the people locally, state wide, nationally and in the world.

Yes We Can be great! Yes We Can be what we want to be! Yes We Can be glorious in not only America but the world! Yes We can put action behind our worlds and change the world starting right here, right now! Yes We Can as Republicans, Democrats and Independents become one as we freely think about our fellow men and women and make decisions that will be in the best interest of all people and not one single group.

Yes We Can be the change that we want to see in the world! Yes We Can show the world that the youth are ready to lead! Yes We Can put our egos, our social economic statuses, our religions, our educational statuses and our skin color to the side for the better good of the world! Yes We Can be Greater than we have ever been and help others be Greater than they have ever be!

YES WE CAN and YES WE WILL BE VICTORIOUS IN ALL THAT WE DO! YES WE CAN, no matter what others may say, we will be glorious! YES WE WILL and YES WE CAN! YES WE CAN!

YES WE CAN! YES WE CAN! YES WE CAN is what will be sung from every mountaintop, every riverbank, every household, every school yard, every factory, every sporting event, every college campus and even every place you can imagine in the world is where YES WE CAN, will be said and heard!

YES WE CAN!

Keep On Pushing - Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions


Wake Up People! No matter who is elected to any public office, we have to “Keep On Pushing” as a people to make sure they don’t leave us in a worst state than what they inherited. We as a people have to “Keep On Pushing” to make a difference in the lives of others. We have to have an “EmPOWERment By Any Means Necessary” attitude as we continue to push our agenda that we the people deserve and want better. We have to “Keep On Pushing” to bring about change in a positive way that will benefit all Americans no matter their age, their religion or skin color. We have to “Keep On Pushing” to bring about change that will improve our education system, improve our military, improve our national security, improve our healthcare system and improve our economy. We have to “Keep On Pushing” to bring about change that will leave America’s future in a better than how we found it and that will leave the world’s future in a better state than we imagined we could live it. We have to “Keep On Pushing” to make life better for our neighborhoods, our families and even our quote on quote enemies. We have to “Keep On Pushing” to inspire, to uplift and to guide those who need help spiritually, physically and mentally. We have to “Keep On Pushing ” so that our lives, our future generation’s lives and the lives of those who came before us does not die in vein.

“Keep on Pushing”

A War For Your Soul

A War For Your Soul-regular version from Erisai Films on Vimeo.


The moment has come for us as a nation of people to finally wake up and realize that our destiny and fate in society has rests on our shoulders. We cannot allow the forces of evil and darkness to drain us out. We have to continue to overcome all odds in order to make the future of our nation better and the future of future generations of Americans better. We have to continue to pray to our Lord and we have to continue to uplift each other in prayer as well as take action against those things that are trying to destroy us. We have to stand up once and for all and be the future that we want to be. Now is our time and we shall do together by any means necessary.

This video was created to inspire young African-Americans not to fall prey to some of the problems they face in society. The use of the voice "Master of Darkness" represents evil, which is where the blame of all problems should be placed, and not on any one group of people. This video should not to be used to divide people (Black & White), there are images of heroes that are white in this video, and there are images of Black & White coming together with the words of Dr. King in the background. Some of the images from the past can be unsettling, but they are used to show all Americans how far we have come, and how far we still have to go. This film is being strategically placed in school systems, churches and youth orgs around the country, in hope of helping a lost generation of kids that we as Americans have forgotten. As fellow Americans we must continue to love each other, and take that love and spread it to the rest of the world. **THIS VIDEO IS NOT FOR SALE & I AM NOT ACCEPTING DONATIONS FOR THE FILM, I ONLY WANT THE MESSAGE TO REACH AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT ANY HIDDEN POLITICAL OR FINANCIAL AGENDA.
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Sitting On the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding



"The time for sitting is over! The time for action is now! The time for hope without action is hopeless! The time for change without a positive attitude is a change that we can't believe in! We need change that is positive of helping all people! Our time for action is now, our time for hope is now, our time for change is now and our time to believe that we can do whatever we set our minds to is not now but right now!"

STAR SPANGLED BANNER


The Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key

O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming;
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave?


On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, now conceals, now discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream;
'Tis the star-spangled banner; O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave,
From the terror of flight and the gloom of the grave;
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!


O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land,
Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just.
And this be our motto— "In God is our trust; "
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

Black President



Our Time is not now but Right Now! Our Time has finally come to change the world not now but Right Now! If you don't believe that we can change the world than watch as we do it by changing your mind into believing in us and what we can do! This is OUR TIME RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW!

FIGHT THE POWER



We got to FIGHT THE POWER! We can no longer sit on the sidelines and watch injustices take place. We can no longer sit by and allow our right to vote to become unexercised. We must FIGHT THE POWER for our past, present and future! We can no longer allow our rights to be oppressed and our voice to become drained by the powers at be. We must FIGHT THE POWER and show that we have a lot to say that needs to be heard by the mainstream media. We must FIGHT THE POWER and live up to our potential as dynamic, unbelievable and phenomenal people.


We must not believe the hype but we must become the hype. We are not Harriett Tubman, Marcus Garvey, MLK, Malcolm X, Booker T. Washington, Carter G. Woodson, W.E.B. DuBois, the Black Panther Party, SNCC, or any other activists but we are the fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, uncles, aunties, and relatives of those who came before us to pave the way for us to FIGHT THE POWER! We are not next Generation of leaders who will not be honored and praised until they die but that’s the fight we accept. We are not fighting the power for glory or fame but we are fighting the power for just causes that most men and women will not understand until years or decades later.


We are fighting for our sisters and brothers in Darfur, Georgia, Iraq, Iran, China and Mexico. We are speaking for those who are poor and have no food or water. We are fighting for those who are sick and dying. We are fighting for universal healthcare across the world and human rights for all people. We are fighting for rich and poor! We must FIGHT THE POWER no matter how hard and tough the road may be. We must FIGHT THE POWER for a better today and an even greater tomorrow!


FIGHT THE POWER!

PEOPLE GET READY


“People Get Ready” our time is coming! We have come too far to turn back now. Our train is coming and it is coming in waves. “People Get Ready”, we don’t need a ticket but we need faith and the Lord will help guide us as we take back America and the world. “People Get Ready” our moment is now and we are ready to see the change we want in America and the world. All we got to do is have faith, hope and prosperity. “People Get Ready” to face your fears. “People Get Ready” to face your demons and the challenges of yesterday because today and tomorrow we will conquer & be victorious. “People Get Ready” a change is coming and our actions will make sure that change is a real positive change that lasts forever.


“People Get Ready” because we have had enough of just talking but now is our time to show action. “People Get Ready” to take back America and the world. “People Get Ready” to take back our communities and to make our streets safer and schools better. “People Get Ready” to make all our dreams come true. “People Get Ready” to see a better present for everyone and a better future for future generations. “People Get Ready” to live up to your potential and to help others live up to their own potential. “People Get Ready” to move past hatred, bigotry, racism and sexism. “People Get Ready” to fulfill the dreams of those who came before us and those who will come after us.


“People Get Ready” as we make our actions speak louder than our words. “People Get Ready” to make words mean something again as we put action to back up our rhetoric. “People Get Ready” as we embark on a new journey that will re-write America’s history as well as the world’s history. “People Get Ready” as we make the lives of others better and the lives of future generations better. “People Get Ready” because all we need is faith, hope and action to make this world a better place. “People Get Ready” to make a difference. “People Get Ready” to fulfill the American dream. “People Get Ready" to live out the American Dream as our founding fathers wanted us to live it. “People Get Ready” because our time is now, our moment is now and our moment in time to change America & the world is not now but right now. “People Get Ready” because a change is coming!


Alicia]
(Let me tell you now)
People get ready, there's a train comin'
You don't need no baggage, you just get on board
All you need is faith to hear the diesels hummin'
You don't need no ticket, you just thank the lord

[Lyfe]
People get ready, for a train to Jordan
Picking up passengers coast to coast
Faith is the key, open the doors and board them
There's hope for all among those loved the most

[Alicia]
There ain't no room for the hopeless sinner
Who would hurt all man kind just to save his own (believe me now)
Have pity on those whose chances grow thinner
For there's no hiding place against the kingdoms throne

[Alicia & Lyfe]
So people get ready there's a train coming
You don't need no baggage, you just get on board
All you need is faith to hear the diesels humming,
You don't need no ticket, you just thank the lord


“PEOPLE GET READY!”

God Bless the U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood


Lee Greenwood-god bless the U.S.A